Daily Archives: October 1, 2018

Technology is changing how we care for livestock

Technology is changing how we care for livestock

Ashley Cate

Animal Engage

You don’t have to look very hard to notice all the ways advances in technology continue to revolutionize our lives. Although still following tradition in many ways, animal agriculture has also embraced this revolution. Farmers and ranchers have been able to improve animal health, welfare, reproduction, record keeping and so much more.

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Early Pregnancy in Heifer Calves

Early Pregnancy in Heifer Calves

Justin Rhinehart


The main objective in developing replacement heifers is to have them reach puberty well before the first breeding season. Having gone through several estrous cycles improves their chances of becoming pregnant in the first 20 days of that breeding season – on the first day if estrus synchronization and timed artificial insemination are used – and delivering a live calf in the first 30 days of their first calving season.

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How to Host a Successful Bull Sale

How to Host a Successful Bull Sale

Vita Ferm

You’ve been selling a few bulls off your seedstock operation for several years now. You have increased your herd size and think next year might be the year to make the switch from selling your bulls privately to conducting your first bull sale. Are you prepared? Do you know the amount of time you will dedicate to such an event?

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We Live in a Discount World

We Live in a Discount World

Jared Wareham

American Red Angus

I truly think the best way to answer this question is to explain it from the perspective of the buyer. Recently, I spent a day or two visiting with feed yard managers, cattle procurement specialists and fat cattle buyers. I had the following ideology reiterated on many occasions – the beef industry is based on discounts more than anything else. I’ll do my best to explain precisely what they mean.

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Quite a few dairy producers are breeding some cows to beef bulls.

Quite a few dairy producers are breeding some cows to beef bulls.

Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Ryan Sterry and Amanda Cauffman

Current commodity prices have led many dairy farmers to seek alternative means of cash flow, which has caused an increased interest in mating a portion of the dairy herd to beef sires. The combination of sexed semen resulting in increased dairy heifer supply, greater rearing costs and lower market prices for dairy replacements has made marketing beef genetics an attractive option.

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Proper injections reduce residues, lesions and risks.

Proper injections reduce residues, lesions and risks.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin

Injections — vaccines, antibiotics, medications to help reduce inflammation, injectable vitamins or minerals, etc. — should always be administered properly to minimize residues and injection-site lesions, and to reduce risks for reactions and side effects.

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Beef Industry Conference

Beef Industry Conference

Oklahoma State University

The OSU Beef Industry Conference is a select educational program oriented toward cattle operators (whether seedstock, cow-calf, stocker, or feedlot) and beef industry leaders in Oklahoma. Its purpose is to address issues and research of importance to the beef industry in Oklahoma. Industry-leading speakers will provide current, practical solutions related to improving artificial insemination success, anaplasmosis control, use of dart guns to treat cattle and new marketing opportunities. The conference will be held October 18 – 19, 2018, in Stillwater, OK. Registration is due by October 12, 2018 and costs $75.

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Anatomy Of Beef Cattle

Anatomy Of Beef Cattle


A common misconception about cattle (particularly bulls) is that they are enraged by the color red (something provocative is often said to be “like a red flag to a bull”). This is incorrect, as cattle are red-green color-blind. The myth arose from the use of red capes in the sport of bullfighting; in fact, two different capes are used.

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Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers

Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers

Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Nick DiLorenzo And Jose Dubeux


Triticale is a winter forage that is gaining in popularity in the Southeast. The name might sound unfamiliar (pronounced trit-i-kay-lee), but it has become increasingly sought after in recent years.  Dairy farmers in the Southeast have had success using triticale for silage production. Beef cattle producers are beginning to use triticale in blends with other winter forages, especially ryegrass.

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Beef stocker field day blends new technology, traditional feeding strategies

Beef stocker field day blends new technology, traditional feeding strategies

Raney Rapp


Cattlemen from across Kansas gathered at Kansas State University’s Beef Stocker Unit to share information with researchers and other cattle producers on upcoming changes in the beef industry. This year’s conference focused on continuing market trends, innovative uses of a traditional feedstuff and emerging veterinary technology.

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